Half way, seven rounds have been played at FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020 and due to enhanced prevention measures by Government of Russia, International Chess Federation (FIDE) decided to stop the tournament.
The event will be continued in the same composition, and results for the first 7 rounds will be valid. The exact dates for the second part of the tournament will be announced soon.
Maxime Vachier Lagrave (FRA, 2767) defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS, 2774) in the R7, and joined him in a lead. Scoring 4.5 points, they are a full point ahead of the runner-ups.
They are followed by group of 4 players with 3.5 points each: Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2842), Anish Giri (NED, 2763), Wang Hao (CHN, 2762) and Alexander Grischuk (RUS, 2777).
Ding Liren (CHN, 2805) and Alekseenko Kirill (RUS, 2698) hold the 7th and 8th position, with score of 2.5 points.